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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 6, 1992

Gold: USA Gwen Torrence
Silver: JAM Juliet Cuthbert
Bronze: JAM Merlene Ottey-Page

Summary

Katrin Krabbe (GER) had won the 1991 World Championships and the 1990 Europeans. A tall, attractive blond, the former East German seemed about to capitalize on her fame with endorsements not previously available to her. But early in 1992 she and some of her teammates went to train in South Africa. There were accusations that this was done to avoid drug testing and the Germans responded by sending a testing team down there. All of the women tested negative but then it was revealed that all of the urine samples had come from the same person. They were all suspended for four years by the German Track Federation, but after appeals to the IAAF this was revoked. However, in June Krabbe withdrew from the Olympics, because of the stress she had been through in the past few months. In July she did test positive, this time for clenbuterol, and she never competed again.

With Krabbe out, the favorite's role fell to Jamaica's Merlene Ottey who had had been bronze medalist in 1980 and placed fourth in 1984. She had won medals at all three World Championships, though never a gold, and was 1990 Commonwealth Champion. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from American Gwen Torrence. Torrence was considered a possibility to win the 100/200 but a few days earlier had finished fourth in the 100. She then claimed that "Two of the three medalists are not clean. I'm sick and tired of it." The 100 medalists had been Gail Devers (USA/gold), Juliet Cuthbert (JAM/silver), and Irina Privalova (EUN/bronze). Torrence never said who the two were, and a few days later she retracted her statement but it added to the controversy of the 200. In the final Torrence, Privalova, Cuthbert and Ottey were drawn in the middle of the track. The four were even as they came off the turn but Torrence was the strongest on the run-in and won by over 2/10ths from Cuthbert.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gwen Torrence 27 United States USA Gold
2 Juliet Cuthbert 28 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Merlene Ottey-Page 32 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Irina Privalova 23 Unified Team EUN
5 Carlette Guidry-White 23 United States USA
6 Grace Jackson-Small 31 Jamaica JAM
7 Michelle Finn 27 United States USA
8 Galina Malchugina 29 Unified Team EUN
5 h1 r3/4 Silke Knoll 25 Germany GER
5 h2 r3/4 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 24 Nigeria NGR
6 h1 r3/4 Pauline Davis-Thompson 26 Bahamas BAH
6 h2 r3/4 Jenny Stoute 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r3/4 Elinda Vorster 26 South Africa RSA
7 h2 r3/4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 20 Australia AUS
8 h1 r3/4 Sisko Hanhijoki 30 Finland FIN
3 h3 r2/4 Aneliya Vechernikova-Nuneva 40 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r2/4 Marina Trandenkova 25 Unified Team EUN
5 h2 r2/4 Lucrécia Jardim 21 Portugal POR
5 h3 r2/4 Sabine Günther 28 Germany GER
5 h4 r2/4 Andrea Thomas 29 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/4 Wang Huei-Chen 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h2 r2/4 Lalao Robine Ravaoniriana 28 Madagascar MAD
6 h3 r2/4 Iolanda Oanţă 26 Romania ROU
6 h4 r2/4 Karin de Lange 28 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r2/4 Simone Jacobs 25 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/4 Damayanthi Dharsha 17 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h3 r2/4 Karen Clarke 20 Canada CAN
7 h4 r2/4 Sabine Tröger 25 Austria AUT
8 h1 r2/4 Valérie Jean-Charles 23 France FRA
8 h2 r2/4 Georgette N'Koma 27 Cameroon CMR
8 h3 r2/4 Heather Samuel 22 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
8 h4 r2/4 Ruth Morris 29 United States Virgin Islands ISV
5 h1 r1/4 Melissa Moore 24 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/4 Maguy Nestoret 22 France FRA
5 h4 r1/4 Ágnes Kozáry 25 Hungary HUN
5 h5 r1/4 Dawnette Douglas 21 Bermuda BER
6 h1 r1/4 Olga Mutanda 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h2 r1/4 Trương Hoàng Mỹ Linh 23 Vietnam VIE
6 h3 r1/4 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa 21 Zambia ZAM
6 h4 r1/4 Prisca Philip 24 Barbados BAR
6 h5 r1/4 Manda Kanouté 29 Mali MLI
6 h6 r1/4 Gaily Dube 22 Zimbabwe ZIM
7 h1 r1/4 Vaciseva Tavaga 18 Fiji FIJ
7 h2 r1/4 Zoila Stewart 23 Costa Rica CRC
7 h3 r1/4 Nednapa Chommuak 20 Thailand THA
7 h6 r1/4 Melrose Mansaray 20 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h7 r1/4 Ruth Mangue 17 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
8 h3 r1/4 Deirdre Caruana 19 Malta MLT
AC h4 r1/4 Oumou Sow Guinea GUI
AC h5 r1/4 Chen Zhaojing 23 China CHN
AC h6 r1/4 Jacqueline Solíz 27 Bolivia BOL